Most of your skin problems can be treated using some of the most common kitchen staples. One of the best beauty ingredients that is easily available at home are tomatoes. Yes, the fruit which is easily found in every kitchen not only gives a boost to your health, but can also be used in your skincare regime. Tomatoes protects your skin and delay skin ageing. The vitamin A rich fruit can also revive your skin’s glow, fight acne and minimize pores. Here are different ways to include tomatoes in your skincare routine to enhance your beauty. (ALSO READ Katrina Kaif’s beauty secrets: Kat’s skincare and haircare routine makes her look flawless even without makeup!).

Shrinks pores

If you have large pores, it can increase the chances of breakouts and blemishes. You can use tomatoes to shrink large open pores on your face, as they work as a natural astringent. Instead of relying on toners that contain alcohol, opt for this natural astringent to shrink your pores. Make a tomato face mask by adding a tablespoon of tomato juice and few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Use a cotton ball to apply this paste on your face. After 20 minutes, wash it off with cool water. Pat dry your face with a clean towel. Use this face pack twice a week.

Fights acne

Most of your anti-acne products have salicylic acid as a key ingredient. Since tomatoes naturally contain salicylic acid, you can use it to absorb the excess oil from your skin and fight acne. To make an anti-acne tomato face pack, mash a ripe tomato and apply the pulp all over the affected area. After 30 minutes, rinse it off with lukewarm water. Repeat this method thrice a week to see better results. (ALSO READ Top 7 beauty benefits of papaya: Rejuvenate your skin and hair with these homemade papaya packs).

Top 9 beauty benefits of tomatoes: Use homemade tomato packs to fight acne and skin ageing

Fades acne scars

Tomato also helps you to bid goodbye to not just the acne but also acne scars. You can use tomato face mask consistently to see noticeable results. Mix equal amounts of tomato juice and cucumber juice. Then using a cotton pad, apply this mix on the affected area. Allow it to dry and then after 15 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water. Pat dry your face with a clean towel. Repeat this twice daily to see visible results.

Controls excess oil secretion

If you are fed up of your oily skin, then you can manage the excess oil secretion using tomato face mask. The astringent properties naturally reduce the oil secretion on your face. Tomatoes will eliminate the excess oil from your face, without making your skin too dry. To control oil secretion, simply grab half a tomato and rub it on your skin well. After 20 minutes once it gets dry, wash it off with cool water. Repeat this daily.

Lightens skin tone

Tomatoes are very helpful when it comes to skin lightening as they are considered natural bleaching agent. To make a skin lightening mask, blend a tomato and mix 3 tablespoon of tomato juice with one tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 tablespoon of milk cream. Mix all the ingredients and then apply this on your face and neck. After 20 minutes, wash it off with cool water. Use this face mask twice a week to lighten your skin tone. (ALSO READ Top 8 beauty benefits of honey: Get radiant skin and shiny hair with these homemade honey packs).

Clears blemishes

If you have dark spots or skin discoloration on any part of your body, you can get rid of these blemishes using tomatoes. The astringent and skin-lightening properties help to clear the blemishes.  To make a tomato pack, mix 2 teaspoons of tomato pulp with one teaspoon of yogurt and one teaspoon of oatmeal. Mix all the ingredients well and then rub it on the area. Gently rub it and then leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water and pat dry.

Top 9 beauty benefits of tomatoes: Use homemade tomato packs to fight acne and skin ageing

Removes dead skin

Your skin lacks the glow when your skin’s surface gets accumulated with dead skin cells. So to bring back the glow on your skin, you need to exfoliate your skin to slough away the dead skin cells. You can use tomato to exfoliate and get rid of the dead skin cells. Simply sprinkle some powdered sugar on a half slice of tomato and rub it on your face in circular motion. Exfoliate your whole face and then wash it off with cool water.

Treats suntan and sunburn

Tomatoes are also effective in treating a suntan and cool down your skin. So if your skin gets tanned or gets sun burned, the first thing that you need to reach out for is tomato and yogurt. Whip up a mask by adding two tomatoes and half cup of yogurt. Blend it into a paste and apply this all over your body. After 20 minutes, wash it off with cool water. Repeat this daily to get rid of the suntan and sunburn. (ALSO READ Top 8 beauty benefits of curd: Use homemade yogurt packs to fight skin and hair problems).

Delays skin ageing

Instead of spending money on expensive anti-ageing skincare products, you can use tomatoes as they have antioxidants which keep your skin looking young. To make an anti-ageing face mask, mash a tomato and then blend the pulp with a ripe avocado. Blend ti till you get a smooth paste and apply this paste over your face. After 30 minute rinse it off with water water. Pat dry your face with a soft towel. Use this mask once a week to get better results.

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